:: Singing flowers ::

If I shall sell both my forenoons and afternoons to society, as most appear to do,
I’m sure that, for me, there would be nothing left worth living for.

— Henry David Thoreau

Charles Reid’s video was just what I needed… he takes his time, and really shows us how to dip our brush in the paints and how to put it on paper. Actually it is one of the first times that I am happy with flowers that I painted as they seem to be singing away.

When I started to paint I decided to erase haphazardly some pencil lines as I found that they were too strong (see yesterday’s post). Then what is amazing is that Charles Reid paints with the tip of the brush facing downwards towards you… I really liked that idea. The other thing that I really enjoyed was continuing the object’s color into its cast shadow, as with the small jug on the left hand side… The perylene maroon is a very strong staining colour but I love its’ intensity and vividness!

The quote from Henri David Thoreau rings true for me, as when the sun sets it is a time that permits me to fulfill my own dreams and pursuits (most of these lie within the realm of painting, reading, thinking and organizing the house). Daytime is  a time that is given to others or for others in order for them to fulfill their dreams and pursuits. In a way it makes sense as a teacher I spend most of my days thinking of my students, working for my students, preparing and correcting my students. Do not get me wrong, I am constantly thinking of how I could improve my teaching so that my students get more out of it too… but when night time arrives, I shift gears and think of my own needs -)

Paper: Arches 5″ x 8″
Colours: Q. Gold, Perylene Maroon, Cobalt Blue mostly
Source: Charles Reid Flower DVD

Singing Flowers

Singing Flowers

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About Jane Hannah

Canadian graphic artist, painter, sketcher, typographer, calligrapher and teacher at Cégep John Abbott College in Québec, Canada. Jane Hannah also has a website for her students at www.gimligraphics.com and a main blog at www.janehannah.com. She is also part of the Montreal Urban Sketchers.
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5 Responses to :: Singing flowers ::

  1. Jane Hannah says:

    Jane,je crois que cette peinture est vraiment une de tes plus belles oeuvre.Je suis fière de toi comme toujours.Je ne le dis pas assez souvent,mais ton talent me dépasse . Ti-Guy

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  2. stacey says:

    this turned out nice. especially like the small pitcher.

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  3. Suzanne Ourth says:

    Your painting looks really terrific! So full of life and energy, not overdone; just the way I like it best! I feel too that many painters work too fast ….. and do too much? But then I am not very experienced myself. I’ll keep that dvd in mind for the future. I am a great admirer of Charles Reid but always thought that his dvds might be too complicated for me.
    Your quote spoke to me as well: I need my daily dose of me-time too to write-read, draw-paint or make some craft and meditate!
    Wishing you many more of these joyful painting sessions
    Greetings,
    Suzanne

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